Why Podcasts are Great & Some of My Favourites

If you haven’t delved into the world of podcasts yet, you are seriously missing out! With so much amazing, quality  content available for free, there is little reason to go about life’s errands in silence any longer. Although I’m still fairly new to the subject, there are a handful of podcasts I listen to on a weekly basis. If you don’t like girly banter or true crime, this list might not be for you, but there is a whole universe out there waiting to be listened to. Standing in line at the grocery store has never been so entertaining!

  • The High Low

British journalists Dolly Alderton and Pandora Sykes cover weekly news and pop culture topics like Serena William’s court outburst and pressing feminist questions like whether the term “guys” is anti-feminist. They provide an informed take on relevant subjects and have definitely helped me to grow as a feminist. Although the subject matter can sometimes be quite serious, they never seem to take themselves too seriously! Which only makes it an even more pleasant podcast to listen to.

  • The Fringe of It

Bloggers and female business owners Liv Purvis and Charlotte Jacklin share their weekly conversations on the best television, what you need to eat (keep the Lindt close by) and other hot topics. They’ve recently started introducing special guests to provide another take on topics like changing the law to being your own best friend. Unfortunately the sound quality isn’t always too great, so this is a good one to put on whilst going about the quieter tasks in life.

  • My Favourite Murder

Breaking with the theme, if only slightly, Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark might not be British but together they manage to provide a humorous take on what is often incredibly dark subject matter. Without delving too deep in the details, they talk conversationally about serial killers and some of the most horrendous crimes. Their stories are often peppered with valuable advice and their laughter often provides some relief during incredibly depressing stories. Some of my personal favourite episodes are when Karen dives into the treasure trove of “I survived” stories. There is nothing like a happy ending!

  • At Home With

Eschewing the typical studio interview, blogger-friends (and now authors) Anna Newton and Lily Pebbles visit their guests in their homes. This unique set-up allows us to take a peak into their guest’s private quarters whilst getting to know them better in the surrounds they are most comfortable in. Whether it is Jules von Hep talking about body positivity or poet Charly Cox sharing her poetry, Lily and Anna know how to balance interiors talk with serious subjects so that you always leave inspired and enlightened.

These are only a handful of the podcasts I’ve listened to and enjoyed. Others worth mentioning include Serial (season 1), Someone Knows Something, The Teacher’s Pet (such a riveting one!), Casefile True Crime Podcast, In the Dark, Bad On Paper and The Emma Gannon Show.

Where can you listen:

Most podcasts are free to listen to. If you have an iPhone, you can listen and download episodes via the Podcast app. Android users can download apps like Stitcher and Acast to listen to podcasts. On desktop, you can listen by visiting the Acast or Stitcher websites or through iTunes.

You can also subscribe to your favourite podcasts so that they download automatically onto your phone. This way you can enjoy it whenever suits you, without worrying about streaming it or remembering to download it. I personally like listening to podcasts on airplanes as it is great at keeping me entertained with my eyes closed.

I’m always looking for new podcasts to listen to, so please share your favourites below!

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Six of My Favourite Coffee Table Books

Coffee table books

They say you shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover, but it is so much easier said than done! There are so many amazing books to choose from that it can be hard to narrow down which ones are worth the shipping costs, so I thought I’d give you a peak into some of my favourite coffee table books. They cover a vast range of topics from wanderlust inducing books on the City of Love to Caroline Khoo’s beautiful confectioneries that are literally the way to my heart.

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Hand Luggage Essentials

In flight travel essentials

Between packing for my husband’s frequent work trips (shh don’t tell the TSA agents!) and the trips I have been very lucky to go on, I’ve gained enough mileage to consider myself somewhat of an expert when it comes to choosing the hand luggage essentials. Now obviously a lot of what you choose to take with you depends on where you are going and how long your flight is, but I usually start with this list and add or subtract what is necessary.

On a shorter flight, say like the four hours to Mauritius, I only took my handbag and made sure to double check I had a lip balm and hair-tie. On other trips, especially ones where there isn’t a swanky airport pick-up arranged or a long layover is included, I choose a more sturdy backpack. My back already takes a beating on those crappy airplane seats, the last thing I want to do it hurt it even more! Plus backpacks tend to have plenty of storage space for the essentials. It goes without saying that I try to keep things to the minimum so that said back problems don’t worsen unnecessary. Find my full list below.

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What to Buy on Your Next US Trip

 

US Beauty shopping

I’ve shared my New York wishlist on the blog, so most of the items featured in this post shouldn’t come as a big surprise. I’m excited to share with you what I decided to take home as well as some of my favourite stores in case you might have an upcoming trip to the US or a willing mule. I know I did brig home quite a few things, but I want to disclaim that I had been saving for a while and that it also was my birthday so I had quite a bit of birthday money to splurge on myself as well.

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My New York City Guide

Brooklyn Bridge views

We just came back from the most wonderful trip to New York this spring and I can’t wait to share it all with you and relive it in the process. It still feels a little surreal and it might have been a little too close on the heels of our previous trip, but when opportunity presents itself you have to jump!

I approached this holiday a little differently to previous ones and decided to plan as little as possible. Obviously I didn’t want any regrets so I did do some research into what I’d like to see, but we took things as they came on most days. This means more wandering around aimlessly, shopping and stopping for coffee often.

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Meatball Gyros Recipe

Meatball gyrosMy husband and I like this so much that we included this in our meal lineup almost every week during the summer and now that it has cooled down I still find myself craving it every now and again. This is the result of researching falafels before our Paris trip (can you believe we didn’t even know what they were!?) and trying to create something similar looking with what we had on hand. So not very authentic and actually much closer to Greek gyros. The best part though? One batch will serve about four adults and you might even have a little leftovers for lunch.

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My US Shopping List

My US Shopping list

I’m incredibly lucky and excited to be heading to New York in a week’s time for my birthday! As a surprise to no one, I’m definitely setting aside some time for shopping. Between shopping for my home and hauling beauty products I also hope to find some time to squeeze myself into some Old Navy jeans- this is the land of fast-food after all! So fingers crossed I find something that fits.

If you’re heading to US any time soon or can get your hands on a willing and able mule, you might consider adding some of these to your list. I’m hoping that by listing everything I won’t go overboard or forget to check something when overwhelmed on that side. If there is anything you think I’ll regret not getting, please holler at me in the comments below.

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Lisbon Travel Diary & City Guide

Its been over a month since our return and I’ve only just been able to put all my thoughts in order as this trip was absolutely packed with amazing memories.  Not only did I get to experience the beautiful Portugal, but I also managed to tick Paris off my bucket list (although I’d love to go back!). To be honest, this trip kind off caught me off guard.

Portugal wasn’t ever really on my travel bucket list, but when the opportunity arose to join my husband on a business trip I jumped. Once you start looking into Portugal, you can’t help but fall in love. And now I can give you reasons to visit too!

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Easter Chocolate Bark Recipe

Looking for something fun and easy to do this Easter? I’ve got you covered with the ultimate in sweet treats – Easter egg chocolate bark! This is a great way to use up the last bit of Easter candies or, as was the case for me, a good excuse to stock up on some of your favourites! I’d like to say that this recipe is fool proof, but unfortunately you do run the very real risk of finishing the ingredients off before they make their way into the melted chocolate! If you managed to keep your taste buds under control though, you’re good to go! I would venture to say that this is even a good one to keep the kiddo’s busy (under supervision of course!) and of course you can customise this to include some of your personal favourites, these just happen to be mine.

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Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

Valentine's Day MacaronsI’ve loved rounding up this Valentine’s day gift guide because I feel like I can really indulge in my love of blush pink without any shame! Most of the gift are fairly simple – I say save the big ticket items for anniversaries and birthdays – but their just kind of token  of appreciation I’d appreciate. I hope that there is something in here for you too!

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